Google tests a new Play Games design with a revamped Home page and bottom bar
If there’s one thing we know Google loves to do, it’s testing new features and designs on the public. We regularly see reports of users getting unannounced design changes in Google apps. Sometimes these are nothing more than A/B tests, but in other cases, they reveal upcoming features. The company’s latest test is a revamped design of the Google Play Games app.
Google Play Games may not be one of the company’s most popular apps, but it did gain a dark theme last year. This new design that appears to be in testing is a pretty big change. The bottom bar now has four buttons across the bottom: Home, Library, Hub, and Profile. The Profile page used to be accessible from the user icon in the top right corner, but now it’s down in the bar.
The “My Games” page used to show extremely large app icons in a scrollable carousel, but now it has been broken up into “Home” and “Library.” The Library page is the same vertical list as before, but now it has a button on the bottom bar rather than relying on a swipe up gesture. The Home page also replaces the old “Arcade” tab, but it functions largely the same: focused on the discovery of new games and your own library.
The “Hub” and “Profile” pages are basically the same as before. There are a lot of small visual tweaks throughout. In the old design, the Play Games icon and “Games” text appeared at the top of most pages. Now, that has been replaced by the page title in some areas. We were able to activate the redesign to get these screenshots. If this ever does roll out to the public, it very likely will be a server-side change. What do you think of Google Play Game’s new look?